Guest Author:
Dan Leister
E-rate Manager
Cisco U.S. Public Sector

Take advantage of the 20% increase for Funding Year 2020 Category 2 E-rate applications.

On March 17, 2020 the FCC directed USAC to extend the E-rate Funding Year 2020 Form 471 application filing window through 11:59 PM Eastern time on April 29, 2020.

More time for E-rate filing

This means that schools who missed filing their Form 470, now have time to do so. Any Form 470’s filed on or before April 1, 2020 will be within the programs 28 day competitive bidding requirement. The announcement comes in response to the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic, with many schools and libraries across the country closing temporarily, extending Spring Breaks, or moving to virtual instruction.

Meanwhile, we are urging those applicants who are not currently impacted by school closings to proceed full steam ahead in case they face a similar situation in April. In its Public Notice, the FCC also directs USAC to “provide all applicants with an automatic, 14-day extension for PIA requests” and notes that they will “continue to monitor the situation to determine whether any additional extensions of these deadlines are needed.”

Helping provide continuity in education

No matter what is happening in the world, we’re here to help. Cisco is and will continue to be an education company and your trusted technology partner supporting education. We believe that it is critical to continue educating the leaders, dreamers, scientists, clinical researchers, caretakers, and doctors of tomorrow.

  • Get the complete list of E-rate eligible products here
  • The FCC’s Public Notice announcing the extension may be found here.
  • See the official FCC public notice on the 20% multiplier for E-rate funding year 2020

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